Week of June 25 to July 2, 2017

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated this weekend in all services in the Church with individual cups.


Here at St. John Lutheran Church, we believe, teach and confess that the bread and wine we eat and drink at Holy Communion is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is truly present in this meal giving us the benefits He won for us on the cross: forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Holy Communion is also a meal that expresses unity in faith and belief among those who partake in it. Because of this, and because those who eat and drink unworthily do so to their great harm, we ask those of you with us who are guests and visitors to this church to please speak to one of the pastors or elders before communing. Please leave the grape juice for those with special medical needs and have spoken to pastors. Thank you and may God bless you in worship today!



The altar flowers this weekend are given by DiAnn Wichman, Craig and Bernadette Wichman, and Brian and Cam Davis in loving memory of Jerry Wichman.



Caring Moments is a special service just for you today!  Are you hurting in some way and want to speak to someone who would like to help and listen to your concerns and special prayer requests? Tell an usher that you want to speak to someone or look for a Stephen Minister who is wearing their nametag and is there to listen to you. We pray this ministry will be of help.  

From Your Stephen Ministry Team


Pastor Schiemann and MaryRose will be on vacation from July 2 (after services) through July 11. In case of pastoral need, contact Pastor Luhring by calling the church office at (419)782-5766.
Pastor Luhring and Faye are on vacation from July 14 – August 6. In case of pastoral need, contact Pastor Schiemann by calling the church office at (419)782-5766


The High School Youth are headed to Awestruck Project- a week long service project retreat, Bible study, team challenge and group discussion time. We are excited about serving God by being his hands and feet doing various projects. We have two kids returning and four new youth trying new things and learning new ways of serving our Lord. Please pray for the six kids and two chaperones who will be attending Project Awestruck in Indianapolis July 10-16. (Jessie Santos, Sadie Tuckerman, Victoria Rohlf, Marissa Rohlf, Rayah Cavin, Brady Killgallon and chaperones Sarah Cavin and Angie Morris) Awestruck Festival is a Christian music festival, open to all and will be held on July 15. Tickets are only $10 online.



On Sunday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the McGhee’s house (22711 Garman Rd, Defiance, OH) we will be having a Bible and Brew night. This is a time to gather in fellowship around God’s word and to enjoy a frosty beverage. All you need to bring is yourself, a camping chair to sit outside weather permitting, and a Bible either on your phone or in hard copy.



The next meeting of the Ladies Aid will be on

Thursday, June 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. The program will be put on by the St. John Lutheran Youth who attended the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The suggested item of the month for the food pantry is deodorant. Please remember that there is no

meeting in July.



HOW THRIVENT CHOICE WORKS – Eligibility requirements

Members become eligible for Thrivent Choice based on insurance premiums, contract values and Thrivent volunteer leadership. Members are designated Choice Dollars that they can direct to enrolled charities. Since 2010, more than $330 million has been distributed to churches and nonprofits nationwide.


You can give back to St. John Lutheran by selecting either the day school or the Church as the nonprofit agency of your choice. You can even opt to designate your choice dollars in some combination to both. We thank you for your support thus far.



Defiance Community Churches announces the all new “Kidspirit” summer events.

The first of this series of events will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ., Webster St, Defiance.

Children in grades 1 – 5 will learn about working together on God’s Team! They will rotate through four sports-themed lessons – football, volleyball, basketball, and baseball – to teach kids about using their talents and abilities for God.

Memory Verse:

 “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)

The Lessons:
Huddle Up (Football) – Kids will learn that, on God’s team, every player has to work together.

Ace the Serve (Volleyball) – Kids will learn that, on God’s team, the most valuable player is the one who serves others

Rebound (Basketball) – Kids will learn that, on God’s team, it’s never too late for God to transform a missed shot into a win. 

Squeeze Play (Baseball)

 – Kids will learn that, on God’s team, players stick with God even when the game gets a little tight.


Registration is available on Eventbrite. Go to


and in the search bar type in “Kidspirit”.



The July-September edition of the Portals of Prayer is available in the narthex.



There are vacancies on many of the Boards within the Church including the Trustees, Fellowship, Stewardship and Evangelism Boards. Won’t you consider serving the Church by joining one of the Boards? Please contact the Church Office at (419)782-5766 if you are interested in serving. Thank you.



The Card Ministry is a wonderful way to share your concern and care for other

members of our congregation. If you would like to be a card sender please call the

church office at 419-782-5766.    



ATHLETICS Are you a 4th -8th

grader interested in playing basketball or volleyball for St. John Lutheran? You do not have to attend school here to play a sport here. Your family simply needs to be a member of St. John Lutheran. If interested, contact the school office at (419)782-1751 or Kate Webb, Athletic Director, at (419)789-5392.



If you are interested in attending St. John preschool we have openings in our 2-day and 3-day three year old class in the morning. Also, there are openings in our 3-day and 5-day four year old class in the afternoon. Make sure to register so that you are able to reserve your child’s spot in the class.


Northwest Ohio Community Action offers free lunches for children ages 1-18 at Kingsbury Park (11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and Hebron Ministries (11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.).  This program runs from June 6 – August 10. No registration is required.


IMMEDIATE MINISTRY POSITION OPENING – The CPC is in urgent need of a Project Respect school program Director.  This person must be a believer, faithfully serving in a local church body.  The desired requirements are a Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, business administration, Christian Education, or a health related field.  This person must be highly organized and possess leadership qualities and an ability to work with the staff and the public.  Experience in management would be necessary and knowledge of grants would be helpful.  This position is on a 24 hr. a week, flexible schedule and based out of Bryan.  For information or to apply, please e-mail or call Mark at mark@cpcnwo.org or 419-636-5692


STAYING CONNECTED – If your St. John Lutheran Board has anything that they would like to publish on our church web page, please let the church office know at sjl@defnet.com or call: 419-782-5766. Our church web page, www.stjohndefiance.com is updated weekly with a calendar, weekly bulletin, sermons, and schedules etc. I hope you find our web page easy to use and helpful to you. If you have a prayer request you can email the church office or give us a call, we would love to talk with you.


ATTENDANCE STATISTICS – June 17 & 18, 2017

Service                                              Attendance

6:30 PM                                               46

8:00 AM                                              85

9:30 AM                                              159

11:00 AM                                            63

TOTAL                                     353